Between the dirty scuff marks and last night’s tomato sauce, we’d say it’s time for you to clean that dirty floor of yours. Mopping the floor can be a difficult task. Ultimately, what you’ll find that your floor is much larger than you believed and there is a lot of ground to cover. The mistake that most people make is trying to mop the floor quickly. It’s sloppy and doesn’t quite get the job done. Let’s look through a couple of ways you can go about mopping your floor the right way.
Vacuum First, Mop Second
This is the golden rule of mopping your floor. Dirty smudges and stains are one thing but dust, debris, and hair lying around on your floor, mopping will only make things worse. You’ll find yourself making dust and dirt wet, spreading it around the house instead of cleaning it up. So, before your break out the mop and bucket, find your vacuum. Make sure to go over the whole house and remove anything that isn’t stuck to the floor.
Know Your Floor
No two floors are the same. You may have had hardwood floors in your last home but now, your new floors are lined with stone tiles. You have to find the right cleaner for the job. What works for one type of material may not apply to another. Hardwood floors with polyurethane need natural soap and water, nothing acidic. On the other hand, floors with wax need to be treated with very little water. Some floors with stone tiles need a basic cleaner. You should avoid using chemicals like bleach and ammonia. Other materials like ceramic tiles work well with water and white vinegar.
Too Much Water Can Ruin a Good Floor
Have you ever wondered why your floor often looks like it has been through a battlefield? Well, it might be due to the amount of water you are using. Floor made of hardwood, linoleum, and laminates are susceptible to damage from too much water. The solution to this problem is making sure that you mop is damp and not wet. Mops absorb a lot of water and you’ll need to wring out yours a couple of times to get as much water out as possible.
Stick to a Few Basic Rules for Mopping Your Floor
When you actually start mopping your floor, you’ll want to keep it simple. Work your way from one end of a room to the other. Your movements should be the same way you paint a wall or wipe a window. Also, don’t forget to go over troublesome spots with a rag and cleaner. That should take out any stain or dirty patch that sticks around after you mop.
Another basic tip is to clean your mop after you are done. Simply add bleach and water to a bucket, let the mop soak in it for 10 minutes or so, and then rinse it out. This prepares it for the next cleaning. Do not leave your mop inside the water, especially if it’s dirty. It will grow mold, mildew, and attract germs, which makes cleaning impossible.
Hopefully, these tips will have your floor sparkling and shining. Call us at S&G Cleaning if you want the professionals to work the floors for you.